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 Post subject: Vaganova Ballet Academy
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Russian Barre Remains High
Despite Change, School Upholds Its Classic Standards


By Robert G. Kaiser
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 14, 2005; Page N01


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ST. PETERSBURG In February 1972, as the Moscow correspondent of this newspaper, I visited the Vaganova Ballet Academy, principal training ground for the renowned Kirov/Maryinski Ballet, in its historic home in Leningrad -- then the name of this exotic city on the Neva River. I was a young reporter trying to solve the mysteries of the U.S.S.R. Unexpectedly, that visit provided something close to revelation

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Apt Pupil: Baryshnikov's Vaganova Years

Sunday, August 14, 2005; Page N05
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One of the most famous graduates of the Vaganova Academy is now an American, Mikhail Baryshnikov. But he was still a Soviet citizen in 1963 when he came to Leningrad on a summer tour with the Riga Ballet from his home town in Latvia, then a Soviet republic. Baryshnikov had been studying ballet in Riga since the age of 12. In Leningrad he was quickly noticed, and invited to enroll in the Vaganova Academy.

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